ANC breakaway party emerges kingmaker after close polls

Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters Julius Malema, centre, smiles during a news conference at the election results center in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. Photo©Herman Verwey/AP/SIPAA breakaway party of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) has emerged a kingmaker following last week's hotly contested local government elections.

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South Africa's Job bloodbath will continue- Cosatu

File photo©Denis Farrell/AP/SIPAMore people lost their jobs in South Africa the first quarter of the year, latest figures have revealed and this is likely to put pressure on the ruling ANC ahead of August's local elections.

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South African unions raise alarm over job losses

File Photo©ReutersSouth African trade unions have expressed shock at the country's unemployment levels following the release of statistics showing that the number of people without jobs in one of Africa's largest economies had risen by 2.2 percent.

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South Africa trade union movement rift laid bare at commemorations

Zwelinzima Vavi told workers that they were ready to challenge Cosatu. Photo©Obed Zilwa/AP/SIPAThe rift in the South African trade union movement was laid bare on Monday as workers held separate major events to commemorate Workers Day.

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South Africa's biggest labour federation splits

Zwelinzima Vavi, former Cosatu secretary general, was fired by Africa's largest labour federation in 2014. Photo© THEMBA HADEBE/AP/SIPAA leading South African trade unionist will in May launch a new federation to rival the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), it has been revealed.

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South Africa minister presents budget amid economic pressure

South Africa’s Finance minister Pravin Gordhan is expected to announce far reaching cuts. Photo©ReutersSouth Africa's Finance minister Pravin Gordhan will present his eagerly awaited 2016 budget on Wednesday amid worsening fears of an economic meltdown in the country.

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South Africa: Beer mega merger faces jobs battle in SABMiller's birthplace

Belgian brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev may have won over peer SABMiller, but the $100 billion-plus deal could face delays in South Africa, where the now British company began selling its ubiquitous Castle Lager 120 years ago.

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South Africa: Unions oppose SABMiller, AB Inbev deal

Photo©ReutersSouth Africa's trade unions have criticised the imminent takeover of the country's largest brew SABMiller by AB Inbev saying it would affect job security for locals.

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South Africa: Vodacom sale to inject capital to the struggling power utility Eskom

The South African government has sold its 13.91 percent stake in mobile phone giant Vodacom to an employment fund for civil servants after months of speculation.

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South Africa: No goodbye to Vavi yet

Zwelinzima Vavi has not revealed what his next move may be. Photo©Lebohang MashiLoane/The Times/Gallo Images/Getty ImagesCosatu's outspoken general secretary has gone, but deep divisions remain.

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Court compels South Africa's largest labour union to hold Special Congress

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has been forced to hold a special congress, after it reached an out of court settlement with some of its disaffected affiliates.

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Who can turn South Africa's lights on?

At the Kliptown squatters’ camp in Soweto, South Africa’s poorest eke out a living without electricity. Photo©Lorenzo Moscia/ArchivoLatino-REAWith the economy facing power and debt challenges, ministers Davies and Patel have won out over their rivals with a nine-point plan to transform South Africa into an high-powered economy that processes its raw materials before export.

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South Africa's public-sector wage demands would cost $1.7 bn

South African currency, Rand note; Photo©ReutersWage demands by South African public-sector unions would cost the government an extra 20 billion rand ($1.67 billion) over the next financial year, the country's finance minister, as workers threaten mass protests in a push for higher pay.

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South Africa xenophobia is 'afrophobia'

File photo©ReutersSouth Africa's leading trade union has joined the chorus of condemnation of the latest wave of deadly attacks against foreigners in KwaZulu- Natal province.

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South Africa: Deputy President appoints high profile members to energy council

South Africa's Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa. Photo©ReutersSeveral high profile and respected South African business personalities have been appointed to the country's energy council.

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South Africa: Zuma faces tough questions following address

Members of South Africa's parliament are preparing for yet another showdown this week as parliamentarians are to respond to President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation address (SONA).

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South Africa: Cosatu must be united, but not at all costs - Zwelinzima Vavi

Zwelinzima Vavi General Secretary, Congress of South African Trade Unions©ZINYANGE AUNTONY/DEMOTIX/CORBISGeneral secretary, Congress of South African Trade Unions Cosatu must be united, but not at all costs.

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The birth of South Africa's new left

As the ruling ANC prepares for its big policy conference in June, it faces another challenge – a new alliance of radical trade unionists and grass-roots activists.

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Cyril Ramaphosa - South Africa's leader in waiting

Simphiwe Nkwali/Sunday Times/Gallo Images/Getty ImagesAfter helping to found Africa's largest trade-union federation and establishing a multi-billion-rand conglomerate, Cyril Ramaphosa is back in frontline politics.

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South Africa: Vavi's comeback marred by Cosatu implosion fears

COSATU General Secretary, Zwelinzima VaviConfederation of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) secretary general, Zwelinzima Vavi worries the trade union movement will further fragment, as a key union has been expelled from the body.

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